Prendiville News

11 December 2019


Phone: 9301 6270



As Prendiville Catholic College year ends, it has certainly been a year with a difference. Challenging in many ways and joyous in others. In 2019, we have continued to seek ways to be a contemporary Catholic College in contemporary times.

The College yearbook, to be newly named 'The Prendivillian', captures our year in full. The vibrant magazine reflects a year of great activity, achievement and commitment of many in our College community. A new pastoral framework, two new Houses, Community time, Prendiville Time and increased opportunities for student voice echo throughout The Prendivillian.

There are many great moments in a school year and the yearbook has captured eight of the best:

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A huge thank you to Mr Michael Nicholas, Mrs Stephanie Davies, Tracy David. Yvonne Burton and Dominique Pratt for their collaboration to create such a professional publication. The Prendivillian allows us to reflect on the year gone and, at this time of the year, my mind is also on the coming year. I will communicate to everyone in late January my 6th Community letter which will provide details of our focus areas for 2020. In short there will be:

1. Opening of the new Keller Tech Hub (refurbishment has begun)

2. Turning the soil to begin the construction of the Good Shepherd Centre at the front of the College. This centre will re-align the front of our College and will include a visitors reception and sign-in point, Uniform shop, four contemporary learning spaces and a Community Engagement and examination centre for use by our College, local community, neighboring community and parish.

3. Continued development for the College’s developing vision for learning in “growth through challenge”.

4. Consolidation of the Pastoral Framework

5. Development of the Parent Code of Conduct.

6. Development of the fifth College senior school pathway which will be an industry/university linked pathway.

7. At the system level the College will respond to the requirements of the Incorporation of CEWA from 1st January 2020. Please find attached a letter introducing parents to this significant change to the governance of Catholic Education Western Australia.

I take the opportunity to farewell staff who are leaving the College this year:

  • Paul McAuley who has been a part of the College for 15 years as a Science teacher and pastoral leader. Paul is regarded as an exemplary teacher and a person who keeps students at the centre of all he does. Paul will go to Irene McCormack College.

  • Marius Ndiaye has been an outstanding leader as Head of Physical Education for the past eight years. Marius will be moving to Sydney for family reasons where he will begin his new position as Head of Physical Education at Kamballa, Sydney.

  • Yvonne Burton has walked every step of the way with Jayde Abbott as her Education Assistant. From Year 7 to recently graduating Jade this year, Yvonne has shown care and gentle guidance for Jayde who has excelled across all aspects of College life. Yvonne has been a committed staff member and has made a positive impact on our community.

  • Beverly Reed will transfer to Chisholm Catholic College in 2020 after five years of visionary work developing our Learning Enhancement programs at the College.

  • Renea Mayer will transfer to Seton Catholic College after four years at Prendiville. Renea has been a professional, diligent and contemporary educator as our Sport Coordinator at the College and has provided outstanding leadership.

  • Margarita Tranquille will transfer to Catholic Education WA as a Curriculum Consultant after four years in various leadership roles at Prendiville. Margarita has played a major role in the transitioning to the College’s new Pastoral framework and she has been an exemplary practitioner in the classroom.

  • Kate Raphael will transfer to Seton Catholic College to take on the role of Campus Minister. Kate has been significant in developing our College Retreat, Religious Education, Christian Service Learning programs and also House Program as House Leader of Chisholm House.

  • Peter D’Amico will transfer to Chisholm Catholic College, his former school, after two years of teaching science at Prendiville. Peter is a positive and talented teacher who has inspired our students in the science learning area.

The following staff will leave the College after serving one year temporary contracts in 2020. Each has provided positive experiences for our students and have been committed community members.

  • Viktor Gecas
  • Alexis Tyson
  • Josephine Storch
  • Mat Tchan
  • Jenna Knights
  • Jon Barry

In addition, Susan Russell has been seconded to Aranmore College for 2020 to take on the role of Head of English for one year.

I would also like to acknowledge Ben MacNaughton who has been our Café Manager for the past five years, leading an amazing team who look after us all on a daily basis. We thank Ben and wish him well as he commences his new role in 2020 at Hale School.

I wish everyone in our Prendiville Community peace and joy over the Christmas period. Our College is inspired by the miracle of Christmas.

For your children

Mark Antulov



The 2020 College Fee Schedule is now available on the College website in the following location:


In 2020 Prendiville Catholic College will again be welcoming applications for the Health Care/Pension Card Tuition Discount Scheme. We are pleased to advise that commencing from now, applications for 2020 can be made at our Finance Office.


Eligible cards are: Centrelink Health Care Card (Family Card only NOT Student card); Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card; and Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Card (Blue card only-expires Dec 2020).


Applications need to be made every year. All applicants must bring their current Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card in person to our Finance Office. Once deemed eligible, claimants will be asked to complete an application form.

Please note: In order to continue to qualify for the Health Care Card Tuition Fee Discount for all of 2020, parents/guardians must provide a valid card throughout the year. If you are not re-issued with a card or do not provide the new card when requested then your account may be adjusted accordingly.

The Finance Office will be open 8.00am to 4.00pm weekdays until 18 December 2019. For any enquiries regarding your application, Mrs Naomi Agosta is available on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday’s between 8.00am to 4.00pm and can be contacted on 9301 6242.


Forms are also available for the Secondary Assistance Scheme. To be eligible for this allowance, your Health Care/ Pension Card must be valid at some point between 3 February and 9 April 2020. The Secondary Assistance Scheme consists of two allowances: $235 Education Program Allowance (payment made to the school); and $115 Clothing Allowance (payment made to the parent/guardian and paid directly to their nominated bank account).



Applications close 9 April 2020.


Sibling enrolments are not automatic. Demand for places at Prendiville Catholic College is extremely high so please do not delay in getting your child’s name on the database. Interviews for new Catholic families will commence in Term 1 and continue into Term 2.

Please email if you wish to confirm your enrolment. You will receive notification in February 2020.


You are invited to participate and contribute to the Parent/Caregiver, School Organisational Climate Survey.

This will provide the College with important data which will be used to guide our commitment to effective school improvement. The data collected from the College community will add to baseline data that was collected in 2018.

The results of the survey will be used as reflective practice to inform, guide and monitor improvement efforts that will contribute to the Strategic Development of the College for the period 2019–2021.

Parent responses are important, and I encourage all parents to take time to respond to the survey. You will be asked to indicate your answers by selecting the response that best describes how often each statement occurs. You will not be asked to enter your name and, therefore, your answers will be completely anonymous. The survey is to be completed in one sitting which will take approximately 15 mins.

Completion of the survey is on a voluntary basis and closing date will be end of business: Friday 13th December 2019.

To respond to the PaCS at Prendiville Catholic College, visit and enter the ACCESS CODE in the Start Questionnaire field. Your ACCESS CODE will be distributed to you via email from the College. If you do not receive an ACCESS CODE, require more information or have any questions, please email the NSI Team:


This beautiful 50cm diameter glass bowl from the Prendiville Gallery (valued at $250) will be gifted to one lucky survey participant. Made by student Dom Brooke. Bought and donated to the College by Prendiville Alumni Matt Priddis.


1) Complete the survey and send an email to:

2) Type in the subject line: I am a Prendiville Parent

3) Then type your full name in the email


The 2019 College Yearbook will be distributed to Year 7 - Year 9 students on the last day of term.

Yearbooks for Year 10 - Year 12 students will be available for distribution in Week 10. Students may collect their yearbook from the Community Engagement office (near Gateway) at the following times:

  • Monday 16 December 10am - 12pm
  • Tuesday 17 December 10am - 12pm
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It’s been 18 months in the planning and finally, the day has arrived. On Saturday 7 December, 13 students fly to Italy for 15 days of art, language, culture and of course good food! The Year 10 and 11 students will spend the first five days in the north of Italy in Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet. Here they will attend an Art and Language high school every day where they will be working on a joint project with the Italian students.

Once the work is done, it will be time for the 'touristy' stuff – four nights in Florence, one night in Orvieto and three nights in Rome. Students will visit the major art galleries of the Accademia and Uffizi in Florence with day trips to the medieval towns of Siena and San Gimignano. They will explore the ancient Etruscan civilisation in Orvieto then off to Rome for guided tours of the Colosseum, Vatican and Sistine Chapel, making sure to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain as well. The Rome leg will also include a day trip to the amazing ruins of Pompeii.

Jealous? Stay tuned for details of the next trip in 2021 – you could be joining us.

Arrivederci, e Buon Natale a tutti.

Prof O’Donnell and Prof Amato.

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Congratulations to Connor McCafferty, an aspiring software programmer, who has designed and developed a new free app, ‘Memory Shack,’. This app is now available via the App Store and suitable for iPhones and iPads. Memory Shack allows the user to insert and describe photographs, ensuring your memories are organised via categories.

Robyn Sady

ICT Teacher


2019 Interhouse Sport results

It has been a competitive year for interhouse sport with two new Houses introduced to the carnival series. We commenced the year with Salvado winning the Interhouse Swimming carnival and Francis winning the Interhouse Cross Country carnival. Francis also won the Interhouse Athletics carnival and McAuley were the Interhouse Surfing champions. All carnivals were close amongst the Houses showing a healthy competition. A big congratulations to Francis House who were the overall champions for 2019. Well done to all students for their contribution to sport this year. It has been pleasing to see the increased house spirit and overall participation.

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2020 Swimming training

Swimming training will commence week 3 in 2020. Training sessions will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings before school. All students are invited to attend training. The training is squad style, however are adapted to all student’s needs. Students are required to be at the front of the school at 7am for a 7.10am departure. Parents are able to drop students directly to HBF arena for a 7.20am start if they wish. We hope to have another strong swimming season at Prendiville.

Sporting Achievement

Michael McDonald

Congratulations to Michael McDonald who has competed in the 2019 Australian All Schools Athletics competition. Michael competed in the Under 16 Para Discus event and achieved another personal best throw. Michael has had a fantastic year in Athletics competing at the ACC, State Championships and now at the All School’s national event. Well done Michael.

Renea Mayer

Sports Coordinator


Last Thursday, some of our Year 9's were lucky enough to enjoy a presentation from BHP’s Iron Ore Head of Geoscience, Dr. Vanessa Lickfold PhD.

Dr. Lickfold showed us many examples of rocks and minerals of interest plus gave a great summary of how iron ore was created throughout Earth’s 4.6 billion year old history. She also described her experiences of being underground at a depth of 3km!

Dr. Lickfold informed us of the many careers they could pursue with Geoscience, hopefully inspiring some of our students to consider becoming an engineering geologist, climate scientist, environmental lawyer or something even better!

Judy Georgiu

Earth and Environmental Science Teacher

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School is almost over so now is the time to pick that perfect book to escape anywhere and everywhere your imagination can take you. The summer holidays is the time to select a book that you want to read; take the time to relax by the pool, lay in bed or just enjoy the experience of reading a great book. All fiction titles are available for loan over the Christmas holiday period – due for return first week back at school in 2020. Remember for those who are traveling or who simply enjoy reading eBooks, all students can download books to read on their devices via Wheelers. Simply go the home page of SEQTA and click on the Prendiville Dashboard icon – select Wheelers – use your normal school login, select a title and enjoy!

Best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas break.

Sue Hamilton

Head of Library


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The Prendiville P & F invites students, teachers and their families to an evening of summer fun on the Priddis and Hussey ovals.

5.30pm - 9pm, Friday 13th March 2020

Families can get involved with human versions of favourite games (think Foosball and Hungry Hippos) as well as enjoy inflatables, giant games, music and a silent disco. There will be water activities so please bring bathers, towels and a change of clothes.

You are welcome to bring a picnic dinner however there will be food trucks available to purchase food and drinks.


Priddis and Hussey Ovals, Prendiville Catholic College

Constellation Drive, Ocean Reef.

**This is a closed school event and limited to Prendiville students, staff and their immediate families.**

Children under 4 do not require a ticket.

Book now via trybooking: Prendi Summer Fest tickets

JOIN THE P & F IN 2020

“Catholic schools would not exist without the outstanding dedication and contribution of parents.” | Bishops Mandate 2009-2015

The Prendiville Catholic College Parents & Friends Committee is a group of enthusiastic, committed parents whose main objective is to build community and support the students and staff of the College. It is also an opportunity to meet other parents and to make friends with parents at your child’s school.

We meet:

Third Tuesday of the each month, February – November, 6.30pm in the Prendiville Centre Boardroom

How can you become involved?

• Join the Committee

• Become an Executive Member

• Assist with P&F Events

Getting involved is a wonderful way of meeting other parents and being part of the Prendiville Catholic College Community. Please come along to a meeting to find out more or contact:

Denny Piovesan


or visit the College website here

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Prendiville Catholic College

Jackie Gill



Friday 13 December - Last day of term for Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students

Monday 3 February 2020 - Year 12, Year 7 and other new students commence

Tuesday 4 February - Years 8 -11 commence

Tuesday 4 February - Year 7 Parent Information Night

Wednesday 5 February - Opening School Mass

Friday 7 February - Year 12 pupil free day

Friday 7 February - Year 12 Ball

Monday 10 February - Year 12 Parent Information Night

Every Friday - Mass, 8am, Good Shepherd Chapel


St Simon Peter Parish, Ocean Reef

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 8am, 10am and 5pm

Our Lady of the Mission Parish, Whitfords

Sat - 6.30pm, Sun - 8am, 9.30am, 11am and 5.45pm

St Andrews Parish, Clarkson

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 7.30am, 9am and 5.30pm

St Luke's Parish, Woodvale

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 8am and 9.30am

St Anthony's Parish, Wanneroo

Sat - 6.30pm, Sun - 7.30am, 9am and 6pm

All Saint's Parish, Greenwood

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 7.30am, 9am, 10.30am and 5.30pm

St John Paul II Catholic Primary School, Banksia Grove

Mon to Sat - 8am, Sat - 6pm, Sun - 9.30am


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Prendiville Gallery Instagram

Follow this account for a better look at everything that goes on in our gallery!


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Get all your HUB and ALUMNI news, updates and information from our newly created website.

Highlights include:


Class of 1999 Reunion. The GARDEN Leederville this Saturday 16th Nov. 6.30PM.

Brendan Arbuckle Relaxes into WAAPA then contributes back to Prendiville

Theatre 180 Develop A Fortunate Life for Theatre and Screen through Jan and Feb before National tour. All at The Hub.

The Fringe comes to The Hub in 2020.

Podcasting the next big thing out of The HUB Studio

New Running program from Cricket Coaching

Be a part of our thriving Business Community

Dylan Holden just loves life studying Music at UWA

Coming Soon:






Fringe is coming to The Redmond; BLOCK in Feb 5th to 9th 2020.

Links to new events to have our Alumni meet and share stories.

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